Money Saving and Stress Reducing Travel Tips
Hoyt Livery Inc
Limo Services, Airport Limousine, Airport Service
From Hoyt Livery, Inc. of New Canaan, CT
Even if you’re a seasoned business traveler, here are some useful travel tips to help you save money on flights, hotels and rental cars and travel more safely on the road or in the air.
Get e-mail alerts for sales and specials. Sign up on your favorite airline’s website to receive email alerts for sales and specials. You can also follow your favorite airline on Twitter for special rates and deals and sign up for e-mail alerts at Orbitz.com, SmarterTravel.com and TripAdvisor.com.
Fly the times less traveled. We’re getting closer to the busy holiday travel months, when kids are off from school, and families take vacations. To avoid peak travel times, fly several days before, after, or on the day of the holiday, when most people are already at their destination. If you don’t have a choice, fly early in the morning or fly overnight, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Use business hotels for weekend stays. Hotels that cater to vacationers generally raise their rates on weekends, while hotels designed for business travelers tend to lower their weekend rates. By booking where business travelers stay, you may be able to save a good chunk of change, especially in the larger cities.
Sign up for flight status notifications. To know if your flight is delayed or on time before you get to the airport, go to FlightStats.com or TripIt.com and sign up to receive email and/or text notices.
Make reservations Tuesday afternoon. When you’re ready to book a flight, the best time to book is Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. EST since most airline sales campaigns start late Monday night.
Know the deal with your seat. Seatguru.com is a site that provides information and ratings on various airlines’ in-flight amenities and seating, such as legroom, so you can make an informed decision about the seat you choose. Tip: JetBlue earned above average for seat comfort in a Consumer Reports survey.
Save money on a rental car. To save money on a rental car, look on Autoslash.com for coupons and discounts and rent from an off-airport location. Also, beware of additional offers from the rental car company — you may already have accident insurance through your own car insurance or credit card. And you may want to pass on the prepaid gas offer — you’ll likely overpay, especially if you return the car with gas left in the tank.
Take advantage of free apps. Go to gateguruapp.com for an app that gives you a heads up about a given airport’s food, shopping and service options. The Flysmart and goHow apps give information on airport restaurants, shops, ATMs, restrooms and other amenities inside each airport as well as arrival and departure times.
Some helpful travel sites: Inside-Trip.com rates airline trip quality based on 12 factors, including legroom, aircraft age and on-time performance. Gogobot.com offers trip advice from real people on Facebook and Twitter. Tripit.com turns your hotel, flight and other travel confirmation emails into mobile itineraries for your phone or PDS. Jetsetter.com is a beautiful site that offers its members deep discounts on exotic vacations. And Room77.com ranks hotel rooms on various criteria such as price and room view.
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